Archives départementales du Cher

  • Departmental archives Cher


Rue Heurtault de Lamerville
Centre-Val de Loire


+33 (0)2 48 55 82 60

Geographical and Cultural Context

The Departmental Archives exercise scientific and technical control over the archives produced by local authorities on behalf of the State, within their geographical jurisdiction. For example, they ensure the proper conservation of the archives of the municipalities and examine the requests for elimination that are submitted to them.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The Cher departmental archives, created during the French Revolution, are responsible for preserving, collecting, controlling, classifying and communicating the department's written heritage.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

The Departmental Archives select documents from the administrations that will be used to write the history of our time. They can also turn to the owners of private archives that are interesting for the knowledge of the territory where they are located.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Opening Times

Closed to the public on Mondays.

Reading room open Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:30.

Museum and temporary exhibition room open Tuesday to Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 5.30pm, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 2pm to 6pm.

Conditions of Access

Annual registration of readers is made on presentation of an identity document.

Access to the reading room is free.

Research Services

Departmental Archives direct researchers to the most relevant sources for their subject of study and communicate these documents to them in the reading room. Some research for administrative reasons can also be carried out on behalf of the applicant by correspondence.

Reproduction Services

Users may request the reproduction of archival documents or extracts from library works if the physical condition of these documents or works allows it. The use of digital cameras without flash is allowed in the reading room under the same conditions. Reproduction of documents by departmental council staff at the request of a user is subject to payment of a reproduction fee before the documents are sent or collected from the reception desk.

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